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Ice show season: Checking out innovations for hard water 2014-15

Ice show season: Checking out innovations for hard water 2014-15

From tip-ups to headlamps to augers, some highlights from last weekend’s 22nd Annual St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show.

December 2014
Lake Michigan salmon are center of attention

Lake Michigan salmon are center of attention

By all accounts, the 2014 Lake Michigan fishing season was more disappointing than the Chicago Bears’ football season.

December 2014
Fly fishing: DNR’s twist on trout season popular

Fly fishing: DNR’s twist on trout season popular

Illinois’ new fly- fishing trout season, which opened two weeks before the regular trout season, produced positive results, DNR says.

November 2014
Win the Cold War

Win the Cold War

Hard-water warriors frequently battle the elements in their quest for glory.

November 2014
Multi-species pro ice-fishing tricks for winter 2014-15

Multi-species pro ice-fishing tricks for winter 2014-15

Employ these hard-water tactics from the likes of Freshwater Fishing Hall of Famers Dave Genz, Gary Roach, and Tom Neustrom and others

November 2014
A simple minnow-hooking technique for open water or hard-water fishing [Video]

A simple minnow-hooking technique for open water or hard-water fishing [Video]

Whether it’s live fatheads or frozen shiners, hooking your minnows the right way produces more strikes from walleyes, perch, crappies, and pike alike.

November 2014
Filleting your fish: How to remove the Y-bones from a northern pike

Filleting your fish: How to remove the Y-bones from a northern pike

A popular sportfish for fall fishing or augering through the hard water, northern pike and pickeral have nasty Y-bones. Here’s how to smoothly fillet them away.

October 2014
Recent sampling details carp whereabouts

Recent sampling details carp whereabouts

October 2014
Gear Up for Late Fall Muskie Fishing

Gear Up for Late Fall Muskie Fishing

The coming of fall is like a giant reset button for the muskie-fishing season.

October 2014
Fall trolling tactics for walleyes

Fall trolling tactics for walleyes

For much of the fall, trolling crankbaits dominates most fishing I do. The location (and how the fish are using a particular location) determines the most efficient

October 2014
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